SALISBURY, Md.- Truck after truck came rolling up to the Maryland Food Bank in Salisbury Monday afternoon, carrying loads of donated food for families who are scrambling to find their next meal.
"I can only imagine the people who go without meals and are hungry; how much help this would give them," said State Highway Administration District Engineer Donnie Drewer.
The Maryland Food Bank dishes out about 25,000 meals each month, according to the food drive organizers. But the well does run dry. So for the first time, Maryland State Police, SHA and the Maryland Food Bank teamed up to feed thousands of needy families on the Lower Shore.
"When we started this drive, we really didn't know how successful it would be," said Drewer. "But we brought here on the Lower Eastern Shore seven truck loads of food."
Throughout September, more than 20 Maryland State Police barracks and nearly 40 SHA facilities have collected donations.
"Knowing that everything we're doing is going to help somebody eat and feel good; that's a feeling in and of itself," said Capt. Ron Lewis of Maryland State Police.
Boxes of food were unloaded and weighed-in for the big count: 9,433 lbs of food.
"When you help a family who are struggling with paying the mortgage and putting food on the table; to be able to help and minimize the stress they feel is just priceless," said Jennifer Small of the Maryland Food Bank.
The team hopes to roll out another food drive next year.
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